Of all the top-notch, dog-focused professionals, businesses,

and non-profits in Downeast Maine, these are our favorites.


A boutique for dogs and their owners, Bark Harbor opened in 2000 — so that makes it 133 in dog years! Visit the location in downtown Bar Harbor for designer leashes and collars, choice toys, mouthwatering treats, and anything else that might adorn, amuse, or delight the discerning pooch. Phone (207) 288-0404.


Mark Fine and Melissa Carroll are perhaps the finest — and kindest — vets we've ever known. Always ready with expert, encouraging advice, a smile, and a treat for the furry patient, they and the rest of the ultra-dedicated staff at Acadia Vet excel in keeping your pet happy and healthy. Phone (207) 288-5733.


Located in coastal Penobscot on a 25-acre farm, Go Doggie is dedicated to providing an off-leash environment for all manner of visiting four-footed friends. Custom-built play yards and miles of wooded trails set this place apart. Owners Tony Ortega and Jennifer White are dog lovers non-pareil, and our kind of people in every way. Phone (207) 326-4010.


Maine dog whisperer Rod Sparkowich offers dog training services from Kennebunk to Acadia for Maine customers, and canine coaching via video for his many out-of-state clients. We've had the privilege of watching Rod in action with literally dozens of clients' canines, and the attention and respect he commands from the dogs is always amazing. He can teach you how to achieve the same with your dog. Phone (207) 812-0635.



This Trenton-based independent non-profit is a leader in animal advocacy, starting with a life-saving shelter that serves local animal populations and pet owners first and foremost, and that has placed thousands of homeless pets with loving owners over the decades. You Lucky Dog is proud to offer its services to this worthy group free of charge. Phone (207) 667-8088.



Here's a one-stop-shopping experience if you're looking for quality dog lodging, daycare, obedience training, and/or agility training in the Bangor area. Founded and run by dog lover and entrepreneur Rebecca Henderson, Renaissance Dogs boast a roomy, clean facility that has served as a perfect home away from home for countless lucky pets. Phone (207) 989-9977.

You Lucky Dog Photography offers Pawtraits of Distiction — studio-lit or natural-light photo pet portraits that bring out the personality of dogs, cats, and other cherished pets, as well as the love between them and their owner / family. We craft our images for proud pet parents in Maine and beyond.